Day 106, 7/20: M-1968, Rangely Farmhouse (9mi)

It was a relatively easy 9 miles to the road crossing that gets you to Rangely, Maine.
I had a resupply box sent to the Hiker Hut just a couple hundred yards down the road. My box was there but unfortunately they don’t have wifi, cell phone service or laundry facilities. They do have an incredible piece of property with beautiful flowers and a very relaxing vibe…a place I’d normally seek out if I hadn’t been in the woods the last five days. Instead I hitched the 9 miles to Rangely.

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Day 100, 7/14, M-1883, Imp Shelter (18.5mi)

Climbing up Wildcat Mountain out of Pinkham Notch.

I think I might have actually captured the vertical nature of this ridiculous climb. A really steep trail can often gain 750′ per mile…this was 750′ in 0.4 miles, and 1500′ in 1-mile. It took me an hour to hike that mile. The rest of the day was a littler quicker, but not much.  

This is how i felt when I saw this:

For all that climbing this was the view 😦

Carter Notch Pond

This is super steep as well but the photo does a poor job capturing it.

…and the view!

Around 6pm the skies cut loose just as I was getting over the last peak, North Carter Mtn.
The descent was super steep and sketchy with a river flowing down the middle of it. Just before arriving in camp at 7:45pm the skies cleared.

The sun even popped out 🙂

The 18 miles today took almost 14 hours door to door. I did take a 45min stop at the Pinkham Notch Visitor Center for some food and wifi as well as a 30 min stop at the Carter Notch Hut (bummed I forgot to get a pic), but other than that I was on the go. It was another really tough day but at the end of the day I felt a little bit better than yesterday…the terrain was just slightly less punishing. My new shin splint is still giving me discomfort but it’s been manageable. I will try to pic up some Aleve to augment the Advil when I’m in town tomorrow.

Day 99, 7/13: M-1865, Osgood Camp (15mi)

For some reason the caretaker squeezed three of us onto this one platform last night (forgot to get a pic with all 3). There was an empty platform just down the way?! He must want to keep all us smelly thru hikers together.

Starting the climb toward Mt Washington On the horizon.

The Lake of the Clouds Hut made a good morning rest stop before the final summit push.

This one is for Tucker Wein

It’s a little hard to see, but this woman is carrying a big load on a wood frame pack 1500′ feet down to the hut….that’s how they get all the food and supplies to feed the hikers who stay there. The hut is at the bottom of the ridge.

There was a line to get your photo in Front of the sign, so I photo bombed it.

The Presidential Traverse was the afternoon’s activity.

Apparently The Camino and the AT cross paths ?

A well earned rest break at the Madison Hut. The 6 miles from the Mt. Washington summit took almost 4-hours.

Then it got even tougher…this is the trail. More like choose your own adventure through a giant rock jumble. The last 3 miles of the day took almost 3-hours.

All in today I was on the trail for 13 hours and covered 15 miles (with maybe 90 minutes of breaks). One More big day tomorrow and then a half day to Gorham, NH.